Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Submission (Part II)

Let's start at the very beginning.
A very good place to start.
When you read you begin with "A B C".
With the Bible you begin with "Gen-e-sis".

(Sorry, I had to. I felt a song coming on. For those of you that have no idea what that was all about, go and watch "The Sound of Music".)

Anyways...

Genesis- the book of Beginnings. There in the first three chapters lies the blueprint of all existence as we know it. We're going to take a look at both pre- and post-Fall attributes of mankind so we can see more clearly how God intended life to be and how it was marred by sin. When we can see the backdrop of God's beautiful, original, created design we can then see the ugliness and scarring of sin upon the earth in the foreground.

As we look into the book of Genesis, we must fight the temptation of "familiarity". Sometimes when we've seen something countless times we face the tendency to "tune out" and miss the opportunity to learn new information. Pray that God will give you a fresh view and understanding of His Word, an open heart, and new eyes to see. May our hearts and minds be transformed.

How are man and woman alike?

"27 Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
28 And God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Genesis 1:27-28

These verses tell us a few things:
1) man and woman are created with equal worth and value in God's eyes
2) man and woman are created in God's image and likeness (meaning that both genders have the following God-like attributes: mind, will, emotion, conscience, intellect, creativity, and personality)
3) man and woman's bodies were fashioned and created by God Himself (bearing similar structure and function)
4) man and woman were both given the Garden Mandate (that is: to rule, subdue, and produce upon the earth)
5) man and woman are designed for work
6) man and woman are given reproductive capacities

These were just a few of the ways (from Genesis) that I have noted similarities between man and woman. Later in Scripture we see other shared characteristics of the genders:
1) Christ died for both man and woman; both can accept and receive Christ's forgiveness of sins and enter into eternal life (John 3:16)
2) both have equal access to God
3) both can have a vibrant, active, growing relationship with God
4) both can equally participate in prayer, Bible Study, memorization/meditation, etc.
5) both can attend church and participate in baptism, communion, and missions
6) both can teach the Bible (more on this topic later)
7) both have been given spiritual gifts that are to be used
8) both are expected to witness and proclaim the Good News of salvation
9) both are expected to confess sins and grow in sanctification
10) both are expected to show fruit of the Spirit
11) both can read and receive understanding about the Bible
12) both have been given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide, direct, convict, and give spiritual understanding

ETC.

As you can see there are many MANY ways in which men and women are alike that are recorded in God's precious Word.

More to come...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Submission Series (Introduction)

I am so excited to be sharing with you ladies through this new series what God has been revealing to me in His word about the Biblical roles of male and female. It's a topic that has slowly grown to be very near and dear to my heart and walk with Christ. In today's society, there appears to be so much confusion about what it means to truly be a man or woman. (The lines are so terribly blurred.) I do not claim to be an expert on this subject as I am (and will be until I pass from this life) "in training". Yet within my heart, I have an ever-growing burden to unmask many of the lies of Satan that so many women (Christians included) are unknowingly believing. Only the truth will set us free.

Now I realize that I am walking headlong into very treacherous waters as I venture into the realm of explaining Biblical male headship and female submission. This may be completely new teaching to some of you ladies. Some of what I say may even cause some of you to burn with anger as it goes against your lifestyles, feelings, desires, or previous teachings. All I say as I begin this topic is that you listen with an open, pliable heart. At the core of a truly converted woman is the willingness to listen and adhere to hard, yet Biblical, teaching so that they will be further conformed into the image of Christ. If what I say causes strong negative feelings within you, ask yourself some tough questions, like: Is this material Biblically wrong? If so, how? Where in Scripture does it say else-wise? Why am I angry? Am I feeling conviction from the Holy Spirit about how I'm living my life? Is what I'm feeling really pride? Is it that I don't want to make tough choices or changes in my life? etc...

In blog posts past, I've mentioned a few things here-and-there in regard to Biblical womanhood and submission and have had some pretty nasty comments sent my way (even from fellow Christians)- some of which were so completely un-Christlike that I couldn't in good conscience publish it. It was rather disheartening, to say the least. I am NOT interested in hearing comments of such nature again. They will not be published, answered, or read for that matter. What I am willing (and wanting) to hear are comments, responses, questions, and concerns that are Biblically-based.

Please be Berreans and search the Scriptures alongside me.
"And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea; and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so."
-Acts 17:10-11

May you be encouraged to live more fully for Christ as you better understand your role as women...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fabulous new web site I just found!

I just found the most amazing website concerning Biblical manhood and womanhood by popular Christian authors/speakers such as John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Susan Hunt, Carolyn Mahaney, C.J. Mahaney, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John MacArthur, Erwin Lutzer, and many more! If any of you ladies are interested, you can check it out here: The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW)
Highly recommended reading!

Thought this was cute...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Or it was Genesis 1...

Check this out from Yahoo! news:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071010/ap_on_sc/cosmic_dust